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Satisfactory Academic Progress

To receive financial aid via the Federal Direct Loan program, you must successfully complete at least 6 credit hours per semester and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

To sustain satisfactory academic progress, students must complete 80% of all attempted credits and must maintain minimum grade point average (GPA) standards. Specifically, students must earn cumulative GPAs according to the criteria outlined below:

For graduation eligibility: 2.5 and above
To avoid Academic Probation: 2.3 and above
To avoid dismissal from NYU Stern: 2.1 and above


A 2.5 grade point average is required of all MBA program students to meet eligibility requirements for graduation.

If a student’s GPA falls below 2.3 at any point while matriculated in a degree program, he or she will be placed on Academic Probation.  Academic Probation signals that a student is not in good academic standing and that he or she is at risk of falling below the minimum program GPA requirements.    

While a student is on Academic Probation, the MBA Academic Policy Board will have the discretion to enforce program restrictions including: credit limits, eligibility for course registration, GPA requirement, student activities (clubs, treks, conferences, etc.), Study Abroad.

Regardless of GPA, students may also be placed on academic probation for earning a grade of “Incomplete” for multiple courses and/or failing to satisfactorily complete agreed upon program completion requirements.

If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.1, he or she is not eligible to graduate and will be dismissed from the program. Grade point averages include all coursework that appears on the Graduate Stern transcript, whether or not it actually fulfills program requirements.